As the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok acts as the country’s main cultural, commercial and spiritual hub. Bangkok has a myriad of attractions which helps to bring in millions of visitors every year, while the local cuisine and warm welcome also add to the city’s allure as a destination. The cityscape is dominated by historic temples and soaring skyscrapers, seeing old and new fuse together. If visiting Bangkok, you’re more than likely to come across plenty of colour, especially in the city centre where market stalls sit along many of the main streets. You’re also sure to see at least one World Heritage Site, numerous spas where you can unwind after a hard day’s sightseeing as well as visitors from all over the world.
A hatchback offers the perfect balance between being able to cope in heavy city centre traffic and on some of the roads off the beaten track in Bangkok.
Driving in Bangkok
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Important things to note
Traffic in Bangkok is notoriously bad, especially in the city centre. If planning to drive there, plan your journey accordingly, avoiding rush hours.
The roads in Bangkok are of variable quality. While the motorways are in great shape, some of the suburban routes are flecked with potholes.
In Bangkok, it’s advisable to park in some of the covered car parks or away from the city centre. This is the only way to guarantee getting a space.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Grand Palace is Bangkok’s most famous building. One of the world’s largest palaces, it’s at the heart of the Rattanakosin, otherwise known as the ‘Old City’. It also has an on-site Buddhist temple while guided tours are available most days.
Wat Pho, also in the Old City is home to the world’s largest statue of Buddha. It also has a massage school where, if you’re lucky enough to be able to book a session, you can receive therapies from highly-trained masseurs.
Loi Krathong, the Festival of Lights, is celebrated every November throughout Thailand. The festival is a spiritual event where locals and visitors place candles on handmade paper boats, placing them in the nearest river.
For something more modern, a trip to the Ratchadaphisek, a newly-built entertainment complex will offer a welcome change of pace. It has bowling alleys, karaoke bars and a nightclub, while there’s an ice-skating rink and go-kart track for the kids.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is six miles east of the city centre and Don Mueang International Airport, which is seven miles north, are the two airports serving Bangkok. The former is the newer and larger of the two, although both serve destinations all over the world.
Don Mueang is located on Highway 31, which leads from the city centre. Motorway 7 leads from the centre to Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is connected by a link road leading north.